Settlement and Consolidation Mechanism of Cohesive Sedimentation in Estuarine Environment
Estuarine area is the intersection zone of river estuary, coastal and land-phase. Cohesive sediment deposition for mutation affects estuary channel transport and brings great challenges to dredging project. Consolidation indicators are closely related to sedimentation and dredging, and there are apparent errors in application of Terzaghi theory in cohesive sediment consolidation evaluation for large stain characteristics. Then it is necessary to modify some consolidation parameters to extend Terzaghi theory in cohesive sediment consolidation. Considering a whole process of sedimentation and consolidation, a unified equation can be established based on sediment deposition and consolidation theory. Equation parameters can be determined by the simulation test (settlement column experiment). According to the settlement curves and volume fraction distribution curves by simulation experiment, modified consolidation coefficient and the trends can be determined, and modified consolidation coefficient can apply in dredging and deposition project.
S. J. Guo et al., "Settlement and Consolidation Mechanism of Cohesive Sedimentation in Estuarine Environment", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 261-263, pp. 1454-1458, 2011